Church News

Wisdom Wednesdays - Christmas Break
We know families want to be together for during the Christmas school vacation.  So, we will not be having “Wisdom Wednesdays” on December 20 and 27.  We will be back on January 3.

Youth Group - Christmas Break
Our youth will meet on Wednesday, December 20, but not gather on December 27.  We will be back on Wednesday, January 3.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Begin Christmas with Christ.  Bring your family and out-of-town guests to a worship service that always touches our hearts in a special and powerful way.  On December 24 we will gather at 7:00 p.m. to hear the incredibly moving story of Jesus' birth as it is told in Holy Scripture.

Fall Food & Fellowship Report
Thanks to everyone who helped with this fun (and delicious) annual tradition.  We raised $1,612.08 this year.  The Church Council voted to direct all the proceeds this year to the Scholarship Fund.

Upper Room Magazines
The January-February 2018 issue of the Upper Room devotional magazine is now available.  Pick up a copy at the back of the sanctuary or on the information table in the hallway.  As always, we have both regular and large print versions.

Flower Chart
Would you like to put flowers on the altar? We have a lot of available Sundays. Check out the chart on the bulletin board by the church office, or simply call the church office reserve the Sunday of your choice.

Joined in Holy Matrimony
Our best wishes to Corey Fry and Sacha Kipping who were wed in our sanctuary on Saturday, November 4.  Sacha is the daughter of David and Shari Kipping.  Rev. Williams had the honor of officiating the ceremony.

Wedding Bells Ring!
Congratulations to Donald Eugene Buzard, Jr. and Melody Eileen Hampton who were wed in our church on Saturday, October 14, 2017.  Among members of the wedding party were the familiar faces of Donald's children Katie and Donald, both former participants in our church before they moved away.  Melody's children were also in the wedding party.  Rev. Williams officiated the ceremony and Katie sang two beautiful songs.  It was a joyful day, indeed!

Pictorial Directory Plans
We are planning a new pictorial directory this spring.  Portrait photo shoots will be Thursday through Saturday, March 22-24, 2018.  We are partnering with Life Touch Photography to take the photos and print the directories.  Each family who gets their picture taken will receive a free church pictorial directory as well as a free 8x10" portrait.  The photographer will take several poses.  Life Touch Photography will, of course, give you an opportunity to purchase additional pictures from any of the poses.  You'll hear more about all this at the beginning of the new year, but for now please put March 22, 23, 24 on your calendar.  We want EVERYONE's picture in the new directory.

Pictures Needed
Our new church pictorial directory will include pictures of our church activities. If you have taken pictures of church events (or will in the next few months), please send them to the pastor or call him at 542-0277.  He is now collecting pictures for the new directory.

Grow Spiritually
You are invited to join the Beginning Disciples group in a potentially life changing study of the book, “We Make the Road by Walking” by Brian D. McLaren.  The book promises to take us on "a year-long quest for spiritual formation, reorientation, and activation."  Susie Bliss is the leader of the Beginning Disciples group.  You have two opportunities to participate.  You may attend either on Wednesday evenings (5:30-6:30) or on Sunday mornings during the Sunday School hour (9:00-9:45) in the church library.

1892 Methodist Book of Discipline
We have received a donation of an 1892 edition of The Doctrines & Discipline of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The Book of Discipline is revised after each General Conference (a world gathering of Methodists that occurs every four years). It contains the doctrines, policies, and rules of the Methodist Church. When this particular edition was published our Methodist denomination was split over several issues. Since then, virtually all these issues have been resolved and the various splintered factions have reunited as the Methodist Church. Still later (1968) we would become the United Methodist Church upon the merger with the Evangelical United Brethren Church.

The cornerstone for our church sanctuary was laid in 1899. Thus, those good Carrollton Methodists who envisioned and built our sanctuary would have, for a while, ministered under the guidance of an 1892 edition of The Discipline.

The copy that was given to our church last month was found among family records belonging to Mr. and Mrs. Pete (Molly) Hartwig and their children Lewis Hartwig and Margaret Hartwig, Carrollton MO. Linda Jackson has presented it to The Carrollton United Methodist Church, Carrollton, MO, in their memory. Margaret Hartwig is the last living member of the family.

Prayer Chapel Now Open to the Community
Just over a year ago church member Kathy Long first received an inspiration to create a place where anyone would be able to pray.  After facing many challenges, Kathy has been able to fulfill that inspiration with the completion of the White Feather Prayer Chapel located at 501 North Main Street.  To find out more and see pictures click here.

A Prayer Group has Started
We have had an e-mail prayer chain for over five years. However, there is much more to prayer than asking for God's help. Prayer is an avenue to a deeper relationship with God. It can be a venue for profound spiritual growth.  A prayer group is being started. They will meet every Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. at the church. The group will begin by looking at the Bible to see what it tells us about prayer. Those who are starting the group are looking forward to supporting others in prayer and actions while growing deeper in faith. Anyone interested is welcome to join the group.

Church Steeple Repair
Long ago our church steeple had a decorative topper.  However, it broke off many years ago (10 years at least).  At that time a coffee can was placed on top of the steeple as a quick fix.  A couple of years ago we noticed that the coffee can had disappeared; probably blown away in a storm.  Since then the Trustees have wondered how to get to the top of the steeple to determine its condition.  The concern was that there might be a hole up there that would allow rain and snow to get in.  Well, thanks to a camera-bearing drone we now have our answer.  As you can see there is definitely a hole that needs to be addressed.  We are currently trying to decide the best way to cap off the hole and how to get up there to do it!!  No small challenge to be sure.  Thanks to Dan Gawedzinsky who was kind enough to bring his drone to the church and take the photos.  If you would like to see more detail, click here to see pictures

 
Bring Us Your Used Inkjet and Toner Cartridges
Help the church save money on office supplies!  We are part of a program whereby we receive credit for office supplies when we recycle used printer toner and ink cartridges.  Those printer cartridges are bad for the environment, so don't toss them in the trash, bring them to church and we'll put them to good use.  Thanks for helping.

New Sidewalk for the Day Care
We have seen a need for some time now for a paved sidewalk leading from the main entrance of our Guardian Angel Day Care to the two outdoor play areas. As this is being written that sidewalk is finally becoming a reality. The picture below shows the progress made on the first day. Perhaps by time you read this, it will have been completed. The children of the Day Care have been pressing their noses to the window watching with great interest. As Jannie Saltsgaver commented, "We have free entertainment! The kids have all kinds of questions about what the workers are doing." The sidewalk will add a bit of safety to the children. We believe it will also improve the appearance of the area behind the church.  [See a Picture]

Save-A-Label
Don't forgot about our on-going Best Choice Save-A-Label Program!  Start saving them right now if you have not already been doing so.  Then bring your UPC (proof of purchase) labels to church and put them in the can located on a table in the hallway.  The can is marked “Best Choice.”  Our church's Bereavement Dinner Committee will earn $30 in cash for each bundle of 1,000 UPC labels.

Large Print Worship Bulletins
In addition to our regular-sized bulletins, we are now providing a large print version of our worship bulletin for those who would benefit from larger text.  Large print versions of the hymns are also included as well as a larger version of the bulletin insert with all the announcements.

C.M.U. Tops in Dollars for Scholars
Central Methodist University (formerly, Central Methodist College) leads all UMC-related colleges and universities in the country in the number of Dollars For Scholars student aid recipients.  C.M.U. partners with local United Methodist congregations, the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation (UMHEF) and the Missouri United Methodist Foundation (MUMF) to provide these renewable ($3K-$4K) scholarships.  This year C.M.U. and the Missouri Conference had 45 DFS recipients, second only to the Georgia Conference, which has nearly a dozen UMC-related colleges and universities compared to Missouri's one and only university-C.M.U.
[Learn about scholarships for United Methodist members]